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‘The Thrilling Adventures of Lovelace and Babbage,’ by Sydney Padua

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:49
The real-life scientific career of Lord Byron’s daughter provided the inspiration for this graphic novel.







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‘How I Shed My Skin,’ by Jim Grimsley

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:48
A novelist’s coming-of-age in 1960s and ’70s North Carolina.







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‘The Edge of the World,’ by Michael Pye

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:45
Michael Pye sees the North Sea and its periphery as crucial to the development of Europe.







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‘Jonas Salk: A Life,’ by Charlotte DeCroes Jacobs

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:45
A biography of Jonas Salk, the first man to develop a vaccine against polio and a popular hero.







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‘Billy Martin: Baseball’s Flawed Genius,’ by Bill Pennington

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:43
Few in baseball have been as fiery, and as misunderstood, as Billy Martin.







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‘Words Without Music,’ by Philip Glass

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:43
Philip Glass recalls his Baltimore childhood and the friends and teachers who influenced him.







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‘Paris, He Said,’ by Christine Sneed

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:43
A painter and a gallerist enter an open relationship.







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Open Book: Inventing Reagan

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:42
H. W. Brands’s new book is the latest attempt to capture the 40th president on the page.







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‘Our Souls at Night,’ by Kent Haruf

Fri, 06/05/2015 - 09:40
Kent Haruf’s final novel traces a budding late-in-life relationship.







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ArtsBeat: Ali Smith Wins Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 15:12
Ms. Smith won the prize for her novel “How to Be Both.”







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‘Mislaid,’ by Nell Zink

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 04:30
Nell Zink’s novel about the making and unmaking of an American family lays bare our assumptions about race and sexuality.







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Stephen King: By the Book

Thu, 06/04/2015 - 04:30
The author, most recently, of “Finders Keepers” has never read Jane Austen. “I do not say this with either pride or shame (or prejudice, for that matter). It’s just a fact.”







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‘The New World,’ by Chris Adrian and Eli Horowitz

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 04:30
A surgeon learns a shady company has her husband’s head.







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‘The Wonder Garden,’ by Lauren Acampora

Wed, 06/03/2015 - 04:30
These linked stories provide a group portrait of a WASPy town.







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ArtsBeat: From New York (Cool) to Palookaville (Melancholy)

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 17:31
New books showcase the work of Jules Feiffer and Seth.







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‘Daughters of the Samurai,’ by Janice P. Nimura

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 10:31
The daughters of samurai families were “volunteered” for a decade of study abroad.







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‘The Making of Zombie Wars,’ by Aleksandar Hemon

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 04:30
Aleksandar Hemon’s comic novel about alienation and the undead.







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‘Girl at War,’ by Sara Novic

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 04:30
This first novel explores how the experience of war can be conveyed to those who don’t know it.







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Bookends: Does the Size of a Book Suggest Significance?

Tue, 06/02/2015 - 04:30
Mohsin Hamid and James Parker debate whether more is necessarily more.







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Horror

Mon, 06/01/2015 - 19:06
The season’s horror books include Clive Barker’s “The Scarlet Gospels” and Andrew Pyper’s “The Damned.”







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